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1947 Studebaker M5 Pickup - Owner: Peggy Reiseit

This third week of April will see season openers for the sponsored version of Columbus Cars & Coffee, Cruisin' with the King, and Delaware Cruise Night. There are also events scheduled on Monday and Wednesday this week so you don't have to wait until the weekend for a car event.

Monday (April 15):

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Creative Auto Group/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

The weather was once again uncooperative for the second Creative Auto Group/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show in Marysville, Ohio on Friday evening.

Seven cars braved the cold and windy conditions but dry roads to attend this month's show.

The manager's picks were Duane Yatkin and his "Purple Haze" Dodge Charger, Dave Lamb's 1968 Corvette, and Rick Jones with his 1950 Ford F2 truck.

2nd Friday NAPA Cruise-in:

The organizers of the 2nd Friday NAPA Cruise-in made the wise decision to reschedule the cruise-in from Friday evening to Saturday evening. With much better weather on Saturday, the cruise-in had an estimated 50-60 cars in attendance.

Here are some of the cars that were in attendance Saturday evening:

The Tree Church Car Show:

The Tree Church in Lancaster, Ohio hosted a car show on Saturday with all donations going to the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. The show had 83 cars in attendance. There were door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and Top Three car awards.

Mustang 60th Anniversary Car Show:

The big event of the weekend took place on Sunday. Ricart Ford in Groveport, Ohio, Rabid Customs, Jax Wax, and the Marysville Mustang Club hosted the Mustang 60th Anniversary Car Show at the Ricart dealership.

The "official" word from the Ricart reps is that 428 cars attended the event. Very impressive!

Three awards were presented. They were Best Modern Mustang (1994 - 2024), Best Classic Mustang (1964 - 1993), and Best of Show.

Here are some of the cars that participated in the event.

By all accounts, it was a great event. The nice weather didn't hurt either.

Special thanks to Jeff Shankle, Arch Mayer, Dale Pearce, Chad Herrick, and Jeff Tolley for contributing to this week's report.

I'm going to conclude this News and Notes with a few Florida cars. I'm still in Florida for another two weeks and I'm taking every opportunity to attend as many car events as possible before returning to Ohio. On Saturday, I attended the East Coast Cruisers Car Club's monthly cruise-in at the City Center Municipal Complex in Port Orange, Florida. It's a great venue for a cruise-in and Saturday's weather was just about perfect. Enjoy the photos!

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1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible - Owners: Mike & Lisa Simpson

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Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Last weekend was the annual London Cobra Show held between London and Dublin, Ohio. About 40 of the Cobras in for the show attended the Der Dutchman Cruise-In on Thursday. Total attendance reached 245 cars.

Remembering the Classics at Verena at Hilliard:

The Verena Senior Living Community in Hilliard, Ohio hosted a Remembering the Classics event on Thursday evening.

The theme of the event was a celebration of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. A small "classic" car show and Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe musical tribute impersonators were part of the celebration.

The residents of Verena were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite car. Trophies were presented to the three cars with the most votes.

Jeff Tolley's 1959 Chevy Biscayne received the third-place trophy. Tom Obert's 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang finished in second place.

Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the most votes. The walker displayed right next to his truck gave Dale a huge advantage over the other cars. 😎

Everyone who participated in the car show was treated to a prime rib or chicken dinner compliments of the Verena.

London Strawberry Festival Car & Motorcycle Show:

Downtown London, Ohio was the scene of the annual Strawberry Festival Car & Motorcycle Show on Friday Evening.

The show registered about 40 cars.

One of my pet peeves is window cards with just a number to identify the car. Spectators and car show reporters like me find it beneficial to know the owner, year, make, and model of the vehicle. Especially when it comes to time to present awards.

Here's the Best of Show winner.

PTFD's Fish Fry & Friday Cruise-In:

It was one owner night at the Prairie Township Fire Department Fish Fry and Cruise-In on Friday evening in Columbus, Ohio.

The show registered 50 cars. There were 50 awards including the Fire Chief's Choice and Best of Show.

The Fire Chief's Choice Award went to Bud Norris and his all-original, one-owner 1965 Ford Mustang

Best of Show went to the one-owner 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS of Russ Annis.

Earth Angel Foundation Super Cruise-In:

The Earth Angel Foundation held its 36th annual Super Cruise-In at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio on Saturday.

The event registered over 225 cars. There were a total of 84 awards (80 + four special) presented at the end of the show.

The "Special" awards went to Bob Randolph with his 1970 Dodge Challenger (Kids' Choice). John Nuckles' 1940 Ford Woody received one of the two Goodguys awards. The other went to a T-Bucket from Indiana. Best of Show honors named after the late president of the Foundation, Neil Redd, went to the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi of Jim Bickel.

Here are some of the cars and scenes from this year's Super Cruise-In:

Pinecrest Car Show, Cruise-In:

On Saturday, the Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio was the site of the 3rd Annual Pinecrest Car Show, Cruise-In. The show was sponsored by the Pinecrest Civic Association and the C-Town Cruisers.

The awards included "Top 30", Pastor's Choice (aka Best of Show), and Club Participation.

Congratulations to The Old Goats Car Club for its third club participation award this season.

The Pastor's Choice or Best of Show went to Bill and Susie Albert and their 1963 Chevy Impala 409.

American Legion Canteen Post 144 Car Show:

Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their first of four car shows this season at the American Legion Canteen Post 144 on South High Street in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.

Unfortunately, some rain showers passing through the area just about the time registration opened kept some cars home in the garage. The show registered 33 cars.

Best of Show honors went to Steve Shaeffer with a 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.

The next show the C-Town Cruisers will host at the American Legion Post on South High Street will be the Labor Day Car Show on September 4th.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Buckeye Region Plymouth Owners Club hosted its 20th Annual All Mopar Car Show at the Plaza Inn Family Restaurant in Mount Victory, Ohio Saturday morning. Thirty-four cars turned out for the event. In lieu of trophies, everyone who registered a vehicle was treated to a free buffet luncheon at the restaurant.
  • Walmart, Empty Pockets, and Nationwide Children's Hospital hosted a car show on Saturday afternoon at the Westpointe Plaza Walmart. Sponsored by Walmart and Nationwide Children's Hospital with help from the Empty Pockets Car Club, the show registered around 50 cars. All proceeds went to the Children's Miracle Network. Awards were presented to the "Top 40" Cars along with three "Special Awards". Here are the Special Award winners:

  • The Marysville Mustang Club hosted its Summer Event Saturday at C&N Motor Cars in Marysville, Ohio. About 75 cars attended the afternoon car meet.
  • Anthony Musick's 2017 Dodge Challenger finished in 1st Place for 2001 to 2023 Modern Cars at the Permco Grand Prix at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.

I especially want to thank everyone who contributed to this week's report. This includes Dave Bratton, Jeff Shankle, Anthony Musick, Dale Pearce, Arch Mayer, Russ Annis, Phil Monroe, and Frank Sanborn.

My wife had a bad fall at Star Lanes at Polaris Friday afternoon and broke her left shoulder. I'll be playing Nursemaid for a while.

I hope everyone has a great week.

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